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Important Change as TIDES Updated its Grading Scale for the Racial and Gender Report Cards

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has always issued the grades in our Racial and Gender Report Cards in relation to overall patterns in society. Federal affirmative action policies suggest the workplace should reflect the percentages of various groups in the population. The change in the nation’s demographics has been dramatic with the most recent census making all people of color and minorities closer to 35 percent of the total population.

Recognizing that change, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport has updated our grading scale to better reflect current demographics. To be fair in transition to the organizations and sports we examine in the Racial and Gender Report Cards, we decided to increase the standards in two steps.  The following chart shows the new scale we are using for race and gender.  To get an A for race, the category now needs to have 30 percent people of color and to get an A for gender, 45 percent is necessary. We began using this new scale with our 2016 College Sport report that was released in April 2017 and will use it for all Racial and Gender Report Cards going forward.

Complete Racial and Gender Report Card grading scale:

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The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) serves as a comprehensive resource for issues related to gender and race in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. The Institute researches and publishes a variety of studies, including annual studies of student-athlete graduation rates and racial attitudes in sports, as well as the internationally recognized Racial and Gender Report Card, an assessment of hiring practices in coaching and sport management in professional and college sport. The Institute also monitors some of the critical ethical issues in college and professional sport, including the potential for exploitation of student-athletes, gambling, performance-enhancing drugs and violence in sport. 

​Dr. Richard Lapchick, Director